Andrew McCarron

Andrew McCarron is a poet, teacher, and hagiographer born and raised in the Hudson River Valley. He holds a Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology and currently runs the Religion, Philosophy & Ethics Department at Trinity School in Manhattan. His books include: Mysterium, a poetry collection (Edgewise Press,2011); Three New York Poets: Charles North, Tony Towle, Paul Violi, a collection of critical biographies (Station Hill, 2015); and Light Come Shining: The Transformations of Bob Dylan, a study of the Nobel Laureate’s religious identities (Oxford University Press, 2016).

The Ballad of Sara and Thor

Andrew McCarron

On a September evening shortly before the millennium, a recent graduate of a small liberal arts college in upstate New York murdered his girlfriend in the parking lot of an Episcopal Church. Andrew McCarron, the author of The Ballad of Sara and Thor, was friendly with the couple, within earshot of the murder, and among the first to arrive on the scene....

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Andrew McCarron

On a September evening shortly before the millennium, a recent graduate of a small liberal arts college in upstate New York murdered his girlfriend in the parking lot of an Episcopal Church. Andrew McCarron, the author of The Ballad of Sara and Thor, was friendly with the couple, within earshot of the murder, and among the first to arrive on the scene. The assailant was eventually declared not guilty by reason of insanity and remanded into the custody of a New York mental health facility. After a few years, he was deemed rehabilitated and underwent the process of societal reintroduction. The Ballad of Sara and Thor is not only about this murder. The semi-fictionalized story draws on the genre of a murder ballad to detail the experiences of a young person undergoing the universal process of maturation and define what it is to be human. While few young adults bear witness to such a horrific event, most are faced with experiences that suddenly and starkly shatter the relatively simple existence of youth into the shades of grey that characterize a mature experience of the world. In publishing this novella, Station Hill Press aims to respect the author’s wishes that attention be brought not to the sensational aspects of a crime of passion. Rather, we wish to emphasize the book’s underlying and painfully beautiful arch of the coming of age of a consciousness passing from that of a young college student into an adult. The Ballad of Sara and Thor is at once a morality tale, murder ballad, and psychological true-detective exploration of the motivations and implications behind the violent death of a promising young person.


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Three New York Poets: Charles North Tony Towle Paul Violi

Edited with essays on the writers by Andrew McCarron

What is the shape of a life dedicated to poetry—and how, and from where, does such a dedication take hold? Moreover is that foundation a matter of decision, necessity and/or “grace”—or all three to degrees—and what are its costs? Combined with a selection of poems from these three distinguished poets, who together form a core of the Second Generation of New York School poets, Andrew McCarron pursues these questions, and more, through a series of biographical essays addressing each poet’s life story and psychological complexion...

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Edited with essays on the writers by Andrew McCarron

What is the shape of a life dedicated to poetry—and how, and from where, does such a dedication take hold? Moreover is that foundation a matter of decision, necessity and/or “grace”—or all three to degrees—and what are its costs? Combined with a selection of poems from these three distinguished poets, who together form a core of the Second Generation of New York School poets, Andrew McCarron pursues these questions, and more, through a series of biographical essays addressing each poet’s life story and psychological complexion—and what critical insights such gleanings might lead. The poetry alone of North, Towle and Violi—exact in its execution and wide in its—is of enduring value and utility; juxtaposed with and in part seen through McCarron’s exegeses, these qualities assume a poignancy that seems to lead us further into an examination of our human fate and of what it’s all about: or as Towle writes, “in between the great saga of America, / lying like a lost nickel in New York’s platonic gutter.” As long as interest in the New York School holds—and in fact continues to grow—Three New York Poets will remain an essential guide.


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